Yet another typical buddy cop movie from Hollywood. But what is it that makes this one different from the others? Read on to find out…
Star Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet and Aaron Paul
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Producer: Michael Fottrell, Peter Principato, Scott Stuber and Paul Young
Claps For: Performances and Dialogues
Slaps For: Yet another buddy cop movie
What’s New: A message for all the bullies out there in schools, colleges and everywhere else!
Plot: It’s been 20 years since the batch of 1996 came to an end. The star of the high school, Calvin, today works as an accountant and leads a dull life; and hence fears going to the reunion to avoid questions about his life.
Enter Bob Stone- the man who was bullied the most and left embarrassed more than once for being a fat geek. But he isn’t the same anymore. Instead, he is a tough macho man who considers Calvin as his best friend.
Calvin meets Bob a night before the reunion and gels up with him, even allowing him to stay at his house for a night before finding out that Bob is a Wanted CIA Agent, being hunted down for betraying his country.
Performances: Kevin Hart is the heart of the movie! He plays his once-upon-a-time high school star who is now just another man in the crowd with perfection before the tables turn and he starts showing his crazy and funny side during tough situations facing the baddies.
Dwayne Johnson is fabulous as the Bob Stone- the man who was once the object of bully in high school. He is not the usual brooding and angry guy but a fun-loving macho-man who still has the soft heart and deep down still goes through his share of inferiority complexes.
It the crackling chemistry between these two that makes this movie worth every penny!
Aaron Paul fans, you are going to be in for a treat because even though the actor has a small role, he does gets to mouth his favourite word – “B**ch”.
Direction: Rawson Marshall Thurber keeps it very simple and light, rather than letting the action scenes be way-too-intense or letting the problems between Calvin and his wife take the centre-stage or letting the “saving-the-world” climax change the theme of the film despite a few revelations.
What keeps this movie going are the humorous elements added every now and then, the dialogues and the chemistry between the lead actors. There’s a bit of message for all those who have been victims of bullying. The behind-the-scene moments that are rolled during the end-credits will leave you with a huge smile on your face!
But despite being an entertainer, the movie fails to something that would be remembered in the long run.
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Comedy + Action
Verdict: We give the movie CLAPS for being a complete entertainer with its fair dose of laughter and action; and for giving out a message to all the bullies out there!